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The town of Goreme is
While the valleys are close to Goreme, it is best to rent a car or take a tour to see the major sights, such as the underground city and the best fairy chimneys, as they are located far away from town and are difficult to reach by public transportation.
[[Image:Love valley goreme.jpg|thumb|350px|Love Valley]]
* <see name="Göreme Open Air Museum" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="15 YTL, 8 YTL extra for the Dark Church">The museum has a collection of caves and fairy chimneys. Be sure to visit the church in a cave across the highway outside the museum entrance, whıch is included in museum admission (save your ticket).
Most of the main attractions in Cappadocia (the underground cities, Pasabagi (Monks' Valley), Devrent (camel rock), Ihlara gorge, and Soganli Valley) are within driving distance (but not walking distance) from Goreme. Uchisar castle and the Goreme Open Air Museum are within walking distance.
* '''Sunset Point''' - The view at sunset (or sunrise with the balloons) is pleasant, though nothing spectacular. Everyone in town knows sunset point.
For a cheaper option take the 15 min. scenic minibus ride to the nearby city of Nevsehir where you can get the same service in a non-tourist place for as low as 25 TL. Just get off at the main intersection in Nevsehir and ask around for "Hamam".
* <do name="Turkish Night Dinner" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Nightly show 8PM-11PM" price="80 TL" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Hotels and agencies will offer to take you to a Turkish dinner show in an underground restaurant. It is very touristy with dance troupes, dervish dancing, etc. The food is ok and beer, wine, and raki is unlimited. The shows actually take place in nearby Avanos or Uchisar, but booking includes transportation. </do>
[[Image:GoremeTurkishNightDervish.jpg|thumb|Dervish dancing at Turkish Night]]
'''Carpets''' - Goreme and the surrounding area are known as one of the top places to buy carpets in Turkey. Their proximity to well known local weaving villages means the prices are generally cheaper than Istanbul and the atmosphere for purchasing far more relaxed with few if any hassles.
Goreme has a wide selection of typical Kebabs and Pide, as well as some unusual 'pottery' dishes that are prepared and served in a clay pot which you can 'break' open. Often the 'pottery kebabs' are precooked earlier in the day so check around to see which restaurants require a 'pottery kebab' booking - it's likely that they will be the places that make the kebab on the spot (they take about an hour to cook). Many of the restaurants
That said, '''Alaturca''', with mains from 15-20 YTL, is considered to be one of the finer dining establishments in central Turkey, but is overpriced for the quality of food and a stiff service that is out of place in an otherwise informal town. Alaturca is on the secondary road that heads towards the open Air Museum.
Simply walking by
Tourists looking for a fun night on the town had best stick to the beaches. Most bars have been closed down in recent years, and there are only one or two dive bars with scant clientele remaining. There are no discos left in Goreme. The social scene is much livelier in nearby Avanos and especially Urgup, which are larger towns offering discos, bars, cafes, and dining options. However, there is no public transportation to these towns after late afternoon, and taxis are expensive. Speeding, drunk or intoxicated driving, and fatal accidents are common here, so be careful travelling back and forth. Though expensive, it is best to go by taxi.
Many of Göreme's hostels and hotels offer the unusual option of sleeping in a cave. Much of the rock in the area is sandstone (tufa) which is fairly soft, and for centuries rooms (and houses) have been created by cutting directly into the soft rock. Comforts in these 'cave rooms' range from truly cave like to beautiful and tasteful with modern bathrooms. However, be warned that cave rooms are often very humid
While Goreme's nightlife scene is nearly extinct, the town can still be very loud during night and day, and many discerning travellers looking for an escape from the noise and the hassling of shop and restaurant owners have begun to stay in the nearby town (4 km) of Cavusin, where many boutique hotels have sprung up in recent years. Many hotels offer free transportation to and from Goreme. Cavusin is located closer to Red Valley, Rose Valley, and Love Valley than Goreme.
* <sleep name="(Gümüş) Silver Cave Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+90 384 271 2438" url="http://www.silvercavehotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single €15, doubles from €25, triples from €35. +€10 for Deluxe rooms" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+90 384 2712821">Informal & friendly service, clean rooms with en-suite shower/wc, and very reasonable rates make this hotel/pension a pleasure to stay in. Located in Göreme 5 minutes walk from the bus station, Gümüş makes a great starting point for exploration of the surrounding areas. Help with planning tours and visits to local culture is available upon request. Facilities include a cave bar, flower garden, barbecue & laundry service. Breakfast is included.</sleep>
[[Image:GoremeOpenAirPoliceStation.jpg|thumb|Police Station at Open Air museum]]
[[Image:GoremeCaveLadder.jpg|thumb|ladder and chimney with foot-support]]
The extreme summer heat makes hiking highly uncomfortable and occasionally dangerous; dehydration is common in hikers. Women should not go hiking in the valleys alone as there have been a few incidents over the years.